My name is Louise Green and I am a plus-size fitness trainer, athlete and author of the new book Big Fit Girl. For the past 10 years I’ve been on a mission to show plus-size women that they can live their fitness dreams in the body they have.
As larger women, we are often told that we must conform our bodies to a smaller size in order to find health and happiness. After struggling to lose weight for much of my life, I’ve learned that reducing my body isn’t essential to living a fulfilled life. Now, I want every woman to know this too.
For many years I lived in a perpetual cycle of dieting and self-loathing. I couldn’t see my way to happiness because my body didn’t match those I saw in glossy fashion and fitness magazines. I felt broken, defective and weak because I couldn’t sustain my attempts to be thinner.
Then one day, everything changed.
In another attempt to lose weight, I had joined a Learn to Run 5K program. I remember feeling terrified that first night, worried that I would be the biggest and slowest one there. But just as we were about start, a women decked out in running gear walked out in front of us and introduced herself as our run leader. To my surprise, she was also plus-size. That moment forever transformed my perception of my body and what it meant to be an athlete.
With her help, I completed the 12-week program, finished my first 5k race and later went on to run 10K races and half marathons. Seeing my run leader living her fitness dreams in her plus-size body gave me hope I hadn’t found in those glossy magazines.
It is this hope that inspired me to eventually leave my day job, open Canada’s first fitness company dedicated to plus-size women, and write my new book, Big Fit Girl. By offering practical fitness advice and inspirational stories that are relevant to larger bodies, I seek to finally claim space for plus-size women on the fitness bookshelf.
Whether you walk, run, swim or dance, I believe every “body” deserves the right to experience sweat, endorphins and victory.
I’m excited to meet you in select Penningtons stores across Canada!
By Louise Green
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